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Chasing the Sun (Land of the Lone Star #1)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  1,146 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Bestselling author Tracie Peterson launches an exciting, romantic new series about a feisty young woman fighting to protect her family's Texas ranch against mounting threats. Land of the Lone Star book 1.
Paperback, Large Print, 412 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2012)
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First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

Set during the tumultuous years during the War Between the States, Tracie Peterson’s newest release, Chasing the Sun, turned out to be a very pleasant read. Hannah Dandridge’s life has been anything but easy, and when she is left to care for her siblings and stands to lose the ranch…the very thing she needs is a handsome cowboy to ride in and save the day—even if she won’t admit it!

Hannah and William were both likable characters, with their own flaws a...more
Lynne Young

I have been a Tracie Peterson fan for a long time. I know when I pick up one of her books I won't put it down until it's finished, and this book was no different.

Strong willed Hannah Dandridge is valiantly trying to keep things going on her Texas ranch in her fathers absence while at the same time raising her young brother and sister. Not having heard from her father in a while she becomes concerned and asks his law partner, Herbert Lockhart, to find out if her father is okay. Mr. Lockhart howev...more
Erin Forson
This is a Christian novel, and therefore, the theme of faith in God and Christian behavior is primary to the story and writing. I enjoyed the plotting and the historical elements of the story, and having lived in Texas for many years, I felt that the representation of Texan culture was spot on, especially for the period. However, the relationship between Hannah and William switched from one of annoyed tolerance and hostility to love far too late in the story. There was no spark and no real conne...more
T. Edmund
The plot

Mrs (sorry Miss) Perfect meets Mr will be perfect when he gets a wife, they bond over healing sick Injuns, and despite the best laid plans of a fat balding man, succeed at marrying and keeping the family ranch (which if somehow both of their family's without resorting to incest.)

The Good

Pleasant enough, easy to read tale.

The Bad

Author's "Avid research" comes across as attempting to convince rather than being skilfully incorporated into storyline. "He was twice my age but that wasn't unus...more
Kay Bsomething
Put two of my favorite things together, Tracie Peterson and Texas, and you have my new favorite series!

After just the first few chapters, I could see this book running through my head like a John Wayne western…. just I am not sure which character John Wayne would be! It was fabulous!

I always find reading about the old west interesting. Especially in how women were treated. To think that men really did think that we are weak and feeble minded because of our gender is just so appalling that it is...more
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
Full review here: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....

My Review

This is a storyline that we have all seen before: attractive rancher returns to the his father's land to find it being run by a beautiful woman in her father's absence, attractive rancher offers to work while he tries to regain ownership, the two begrudgingly fall in love as they battle external threats, the dark forces are conquered and all is sealed with a kiss and marriage proposal. Then end.

Yes, a storyline we have seen befo...more
Chasing the Sun is a book set during the civil war. It takes place in Texas and shows a peek at some of the issues they faced during the civil war. I have to say, while I'm not certain about how accurate the historical aspect of the book was, I did find it all extremely interesting.

This is the first book I've read by Tracie Peterson and I have to say that I enjoyed it. I fully plan on reading more of her books.

There were a few small things I didn't really care for, but overall, the book was a cl...more
There are layers upon layers of emotion in this rustic romance that will keep you entranced right through to the very last page. Well-defined characters bring heart to this classic tale of deceit and despair amongst a tumultuous backdrop.

Peterson doesn't gloss over historical details. The harsh reality of war -- both between the states and with the Indians -- is laid out with compassionate truth. My blood boiled at the treatment of the Indians and my heart broke at the devastating division the w...more
My mom said there was only a little romance in this book, so I figured it was safe to read. It's still more than I would like, and based too much on feelings and looks.

It was also a bit irritating to me that I found, as often is the case in modern fiction, the feminist mindset creeping in, sometimes none too subtly. Also a "hearing God's voice" type of direction, though the character rethought her choice later.

I liked a few things about the book, namely the balance of right and wrong on both s...more
Jenni C
I am not a Traci Peterson fan and was hoping this book broke away from the routine repeating dialog from her other books... I was wrong :(. At least in this book the heroine is smart, brave, and independent... Yay!

Actually, I read 3/4th of it and then skipped to the end. I found it overly preachy, too repetitive, and too repetitive.

Again, I am not a fan of her work, others may like the writing style and the fact she can stretch a rotating plot on and on...and on and still be published. This wa...more
I picked this book up because earlier in the year I read another one of Peterson’s books called The Coal Miner’s Daughter which even though it is Christian fiction (and I didn’t realize that when I picked it up) it was a nice fluff quick easy romance novel.

Sometimes I am in the mood for a purely romance centric novel. So I went to the library and picked up Chasing the Sun. It is set during the Civil War in Texas and while I did like the characters of William and Hannah I wasn’t super gunning fo...more
Leona Olson
Hannah Dandridge is in Cedar Springs, Texas near Dallas awaiting for the return of her father John, who has gone to Vicksburg, Mississippi to see his dying mother. His partner, Herbert Lockhart, has told Hannah he has been probably been taken prisoner by the Union and may be dead. This is in the middle of the Civil War, October 1863. Herbert Lockhard had been wanting Hannah to marry him but she does not love him. The siblings of Hannah by her step-mother are also worried about their father; Andy...more
Victor Gentile
Tracie Peterson in her new book, “Chasing the Sun” Book One in the Land Of The Lone Star series published by Bethany House brings us into the life of Hannah Dandridge.

From the back cover: Hannah is desperate for help…
William is determined to regain his family’s land…

When her father disappears in war-torn Mississippi, Hannah Dandridge finds herself responsible not only for her younger siblings but also for the Texas ranch her father recently acquired. A marriage of convenience could ease her pred...more
"Chasing the Sun" by Tracie Peterson is her first in the "Land of the Lonestar" series. Set in Civil War-era Texas, the story focuses on a young woman named Hannah Dandridge. Her widowed father's disappearance leaves her young siblings in her care along with a ranch to run. William Barnett is a soldier returning after being wounded to reclaim his ranch which had been seized due to his family's loyalties in the war. Her father's law partner, Herbert Lockhart, adds intriguing complications to the...more
Originally posted on my blog, Blogful of Books.

I took a journey through my past blog posts and was a little shocked that I have never reviewed a Tracie Peterson novel. I've read a lot. When I first stepped out of the children's section of the library (and bookstores, but more often the library) I entered the world of Christian fiction. My mom and older sister were fans of authors like Beverly Lewis, Karen Kingsbury, Janette Oke, and Tracie Peterson. We had a couple of series by Tracie Peterson,...more
Hannah Dandridge is a young woman in her mid-twenties living with her father and younger siblings in north Texas. Their ranch is just north of Dallas. They left Mississippi and came to Texas just before the Civil War, in order for her father to make a "new life" away from painful memories. When the book begins it is 1863, Hannah is concerned because her father had gone back to Mississippi, and after a lengthy time she has not yet heard from him. Knowing that it is possible that he has been taken...more
Virginia Campbell
"Chasing the Sun", by Tracie Peterson, is well-paced historical western romance set in Texas during the middle of the Civil War. Hannah Dandridge, a genteel young lady from Vicksburg, Mississippi, accompanies her widowed father and two younger siblings to a new home on a ranch in Texas. When he must return to Mississippi to bury his mother, Hannah is left to care for her brother Andy and her sister Marty. As her father's absence increases, so do Hannah's concerns for his safety and the welfare o...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Author Tracie Peterson has launched a new series of Christian Historical Westerns with the Land of the Lonestar Series and the first book, Chasing the Sun. Set in 1863 in Texas, the reader finds herself with the main character Hannah Dandridge who has received news that her father has been taken prisoner by the Yankees by her father's business and law partner Herbert Lockhart. Even though Hannah doesn't believe her father has done anything wrong by merely going to Mississippi to bury his mother...more
Chasing the Sun
Tracie Peterson

Publicity Summary: When her father disappears in war-torn Mississippi, Hannah Dandridge finds herself responsible not only for her younger siblings but for the ranch her father recently acquired on the Texas plains. Though a marriage of convenience could ease her predicament, she determines to trust God for direction.
Wounded soldier William Barnett returns to his home only to discover that his family's ranch has been seized. Though angry and bitter at this turn of e...more
Regina Spiker
Set in the 1863, Texas has taken sides during the War Between the States. For those settlers that fought for the Union, their lands and holdings were confiscated and given to supporters and helpers of the Confederacy. Hannah Dandridge and her family, formerly of Vicksburg, have settled on a ranch that once belonged to the Barnett family. When young, injured Union fighter William Barnett returns home alone, he finds Hannah, her younger brother and sister, and some of his ranch hands struggling to...more
2.5 Stars

Hannah is living in Texas on a farm with her two young siblings. She receives word that her father has been captured and she is concerned about what she is going to do. Soon after hearing about her father the former owner of her farm shows up and wants his farm back. William returns from the war to find his ranch has been given to someone else because his father and his brother as well as himself had been off fighting in the war for the north. He has lost both his father and brother an...more
-From The Back Cover-

Hannah is desperate for help...
William is determined to regain his family's land...

When her father disappears in war-torn Mississippi, Hannah Dandridge finds herself responsible for not only for her younger siblings but also for the Texas ranch her father recently acquired. A marriage of convenience could ease her predicament...but is it the true desire of her heart?

Wounded soldier William Barnett returns home only to find out that his family's ranch has been seized. Though...more
Story Description:

When her father disappears in war-torn Mississippi, Hannah Dandridge finds herself responsible not only for her younger siblings but for the ranch her father recently acquired on the Texas plains. Though a marriage of convenience could ease her predicament, she determines to trust God for direction. Wounded soldier William Barnett returns to his home only to discover that his family's ranch has been seized. Though angry and bitter at this turn of events, he's surprised to disco...more
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Hannah is in charge of her two motherless, half siblings. Ever since the recent disappearance of her father she is also responsible for the running of the new ranch that her father had uprooted her and her sibling to move to in the Lone Star State. Now her father has been reported as missing in war torn Mississippi. The Civil War has split many families and friends some fighting for the Confederacy and some the Union.

While Hannah is trying to hold things together on the ranch a wounded Union sol...more
Michelle Rogers
Tracie PetersonChasing the Sun

Read my entire review at: The Ministry Zone

Hannah Dandridge finds herself trying to take care of her younger siblings after her father has gone missing in Mississippi, during the Civil War. Hannah and her siblings were left on a ranch in Texas that her father had recently acquired for being loyal to the right side of the war.

The first trouble arises with William Barnett arrives home from the war early, due to a wound, claiming that the house and ranch is actually his.

Although Han...more
When Hannah Dandridge's father lost his second wife he made Hannah break off her engagement and take care of Andy and Marty, her half-brother and sister. He made things worse for her by moving them to Texas where he became partners with Herbert Lockhart. In return for the work Hannah's father did he got ownership to the Barnett property. The Barnett's left Texas to fight with the north so the property was considered abandoned. William Barnett only went because his father ordered him to, he didn'...more
Nora St Laurent
’m thankful for the review copy of the first book in Tracie Peterson’s series. Hannah’s father is missing and she’s left with the responsibility of her two younger siblings and the task of keeping a ranch on the Texas plains going.

Mr. Lockhart, her father’s partner was the one to deliver the news! He offers to marry Hannah so her siblings and her will be taken care of.

Hannah doesn’t feel right about that, but she’s determined to trust God for direction and His provision! She turns Mr. Lockhart d...more
I really enjoyed this book. I thought that Hannah was a good character, especially given the normal redundancy of Peterson's characters. There was enough to bring her out of the overused characters that the author sometimes gets into the habit of doing. I liked the time setting, the politics and cultural/social repercussions being addressed well, and the secondary characters. I really liked William Barnett. He, despite being away from God at the beginning, was always at his best. He had friends,...more
May 19, 2012 AbbyJoy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA, Adults, Women
After being pulled up from her previous home and disengaged from her beau, Hannah is stuck living on her fathers Texas ranch taking care of her two young siblings, while her father is off looking after her sick grandmother, inconveniently close to the heart of the battlefields of the Civil War. The more time passes the more she begins to wonder if her father is even alive anymore. These suspicions aren't helped by a scheming "friend's" implications of such as he tries to quietly take over the ra...more
Sara Bennett
I had been meaning to read this book for such a long time. Because I was interested, people kept reading it, and it just kept popping up!! So I finally got it. :P

Hannah has just gotten the news that her father had been captured by the Union soldiers as he was traveling back to visit and care for his mother in Virginia. The news is brought by her father's business partner who is old enough to be her father but still wants to marry her. Says her father wanted it. Hannah manages to put him off for...more
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Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

pen name: Janelle Jamison
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